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Say “hello” with an Embellished Butterfly Card!

Today is “send a card to a friend” day. What better way to celebrate someone special in your life “just because” than with a sparkly embellished butterfly card?

Embellished Butterfly Card

Supplies:

One of my favorite things about creating with the 28 Lilac Lane embellishment bottles is that they come in an entire rainbow of colors. This means that there is always the perfect bottle for whatever paper collection I’m in love with at the moment. For this new Graphic 45 collection called Nature’s Sketchbook, I reached for “Birds of a Feather”. It’s a perfect match for the blue tones in the papers, and a great way to add pops of colorful sparkle to my metallic butterfly!

Embellished Butterfly card close-up

This metallic butterfly was created with a glue and metallic flake stamping technique from Indigo Blu. It creates an opaque image even on dark paper, perfect for creating visual pop.

The butterfly is gorgeous on its own but it needed some more color to make it coordinate better with the chipboard. Also, it needed more dimension so it wasn’t overwhelmed by the chipboard elements. The blue sequins and seed beads from “Birds of a Feather,” along with the white pearls, provide just the right touch to take the butterfly from simple to gorgeous!

Embellished Butterfly card detail

A few buttons from the bottle finish off the holes on several of the chipboard elements, and the whole thing is tied together beautifully! By mounting the black background on a blue card background, it keeps all of the embellishment contained and coordinated.

Embellished Butterfly Card

Who do you know that would love a blue and gold butterfly greeting? Flutter an embellished butterfly card their way!

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Craft a Button Collage Heart to Send Valentine’s Wishes!

I love making button collages on small items – you may remember my button collage apple on my teacher tag awhile back. Collaged die cuts are a fun and simple way to add some dimension and detail to a design. Today, I’m falling in love with a button collage heart for Valentine’s day!

Button Collage Heart Card

Supplies Needed:

  • Buttons Galore Strawberry Cheesecake Color Blends (online store, Amazon)
  • 28 Lilac Lane Pretty Princess embellishment bottle (online store)
  • PPA Matte Adhesive (online store)
  • Simple Stories “Love & Adore” 6×6 paper pad
  • white cardstock
  • white card base
  • Cricut Explore machine
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry
  • Crate Paper “Heart Day” stamps

I started this card by cutting my 3″ high heart out of plain white cardstock on my Cricut Explore using the software’s basic shape tool. Then, starting in the upper right corner, I gradually spread white liquid adhesive (PPA Matte) over small areas and filled them in with the Strawberry Cheesecake buttons.

Constructing Button Collage Heart

While my glue was drying on my button collage heart, I cut my background paper to the size of the card front and adhered it. Then I stamped the sentiment on a strip of the white cardstock. Once the ink was dry, I snipped the ends to create a banner look for the sentiment strip.

The button collage had white spaces showing through between the buttons after the glue was dry. To fill these in, I dropped spots of glue on them, and pushed seed beads from the Pretty Princess bottle down into them. Some of the white edges also weren’t entirely covered, so I ran beads of glue along those areas and pressed beads into there as well.

Button Collage Heart Card

After all the glue was dry, I simply attached my heart and my sentiment strip to the front of the card. This simple design has a lot of “pop” from the color contrast and the button detail. I can’t wait to share it with someone special!

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Make a Geo Heart Valentine Card for Someone Special!

Are you feeling the love? It’s time to start thinking Valentine’s Day! This geo heart valentine card is trendy, fun, and best of all…oh so easy to make!

Make a golden geo heart Valentine card for someone special!

Supplies:

  • 28 Lilac Lane “Love Story” embellishment kit
  • Simple Stories “Love & Adore” 6×6 paper pad
  • white smooth cardstock
  • white card base
  • Neat & Tangled “Heart of Gold” stamp set
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot & Embossing
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • embroidery floss
  • foam adhesive

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to use our 28 Lilac Lane embellishment kit called “Love Story”. This kit is packed full of beautiful rose and white buttons and seed beads, along with gold and rose pearls and sequins. For those extra-special greetings, there’s even a few charms and some ribbon, too. Love Story will make loads of valentines for the ones you love!

28-lilac-lane-love-story

One of my favorite things to do with my 28 Lilac Lane embellishments is to customize my stamps with them. I love stamps, but it can be difficult to create different looks using the same image repeatedly to get value out of it. Adding buttons, sequins, pearls, or beads over an image can help make it look like an entirely new design!

This clean and simple geo heart valentine card design is very quick and easy to make with only a few basic supplies. It truly is only a ten minute project! Or it can turn into twenty minutes if your cat gets up on your work table and knocks over your entire container of beautiful “Love Story” embellishments so you have to clean them up. (Let’s not talk about how I know that…)

How to make a geo heart valentine card:

To make this geo heart valentine card, I cut my floral paper to the size of the card front. Then I glued it down to the blank white card base. I cut the heart print paper a half inch smaller each direction, and glued it centered on top of the floral paper. To finish preparing the card base, I stamped the sentiment in black ink on the center of the bottom of the card front.

I stamped the geo heart design on white paper with embossing ink, and then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. I used fine pointed scissors to cut out the heart. Don’t worry if your hand cutting skills aren’t the best! Since this heart doesn’t have super smooth curves, it’s quite easy to hand cut.

To embellish the heart, I glued a few gold sequins at the intersections of lines in the geo heart. Then I chose a nice big rose button for a big pop of color, and then tied it off with matching embroidery floss before gluing it down. Finally, I used foam dot adhesive to attach the heart to the card front.

embellish a geo heart with 28 Lilac Lane

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Button Up an Ugly Christmas Sweater Card!

Nothing’s more fun at Christmas than an ugly Christmas sweater. So why not send one to a friend in the form of an ugly Christmas sweater card for the holidays?

Ugly Christmas Sweater Card by Nancy Nally for Buttons Galore

Supplies Needed:

  • Buttons Galore “The Merriest” Button Bonanza
  • PPA Matte Adhesive
  • White cardstock
  • Pinkfresh “Oh Joy” Stamp Set
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Twisted Citron
  • Ranger Embossing Powder in Clear Super Fine Detail, Gold, & Red Tinsel
  • Black pen
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Candied Apple (optional)

This card’s technique is simple – just creating two strips of paper by stamping the sweater knit stamp over and over, alternating the color and embossing it. The Twisted Citron ink is embossed with clear embossing powder, and the red is clear embossing ink that is heat embossed with Red Tinsel powder. The strips need to alternate to create the effect on the front of the card.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Card construction

Doing all that stamping and embossing while changing colors takes a bit of time, but the result is a great effect!

Once strips are made, they can be adhered to a card base. Start by attaching the one on the right side of the front. Position it, glue it down, and then trim off any excess. The front is layered, with the left side overlapping the right panel, so there’s no need to worry about how wide the panel is on the card front.

To emphasize the layered effect and create bulk in it as if it really is a sweater placket, adhere two inch wide strips of paper underneath the right edge of the left panel before attaching it to the card front. This will slightly raise the area under the buttons up, creating depth and shadow that look like a true sweater! For a little extra shadow, run a dark red pen or inkpad along the paper edge where the pieces overlap as well.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Card by Nancy Nally for Buttons Galore

Now that your sweater has a placket, it needs buttons to fasten it! “The Merriest” Button Bonanza has red and green shades that match the card base. Adding in the the pink and blue shades that are also in the assortment looks a bit random on top of all of that red and green, and is the perfect way to “ugly” up your ugly Christmas sweater card. Glue your buttons down with a clear drying adhesive like PPA Matte Adhesive.

The finishing touch is the “patch” that has the sentiment on it. Just stamp and emboss the sentiment, and then draw stitching lines around it with a pen. Adhere it at a jaunty angle to your sweater’s “front” and you are done!

Who do you know that needs an ugly Christmas sweater card? Send them one today!

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Pretty Pastel Christmas Tree Card with Buttons & Stamps!

Christmas isn’t just green and red anymore…pink and blue are also becoming more part of the palette. Today, I’m going to show you how to create a beautiful pastel Christmas tree card with our versatile new “Coral Reef” Button Bonanza bag!

Pretty Pastel Christmas Tree Card

Supplies Needed: 

This card uses our new “Coral Reef” Button Bonanza to create a fun pastel blue and pink Christmas look that is super trendy and oh-so-pretty! The shades of pale blue, soft rose pink, and white are perfect for a retro pastel Christmas tree card look.

Coral Reef Button Bonanza by Buttons Galore

Making this card is fast and easy, but with the gorgeous patterned papers and the pearly button accents, it looks anything but plain!

To begin your card, cut the pink background for your card base to 4.25″ by 5.5″. Then cut the garland paper to 4″ by 5.25″, and adhere it on top of the pink base. Next, get out a blank card base and adhere the layered background to the front of it.

Stamp the Christmas tree in brown ink on blue text pattern paper, and then add the star in gold at the top. Trim closely to the tree in a rectangle shape. Adhere the tree block on top of the pink striped paper, and trim it to leave a small border around the edges of the tree.

Pastel Button Christmas tree Close-up

Select buttons from the Coral Reef collection, and use PPA Matte Adhesive (or other clear glue) to adhere them to the tree. Once the glue is dry, attach the tree block to the card base, angled in the upper left corner.

Stamp sentiment on green patterned paper, and trim to size. Adhere in lower right corner.
Pretty Pastel Christmas Tree Card

This pastel Christmas tree card design could be used to create seasonal trees all year round – pretty spring blossom colors mixed with bright green, fall colors, or all white for a snow covered winter tree! What season’s tree will you button up?

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Tis the Season to make a Christmas Cat Card!

We’re cat owners at our house, and as anyone who owns a cat knows…it makes Christmas decorating extra, well, interesting. We decorate, the cat un-decorates. So today, my project is a Merry Christmas cat card that celebrates that annual feline-human war of December!

Christmas Cat Card by Nancy Nally for Buttons Galore

Supplies:

  • Buttons Galore “Tis the Season” Button Bonanza
  • PPA Matte Adhesive
  • watercolor paper
  • Tim Holtz for Stamper’s Anonymous “Crazy Cats” stamps
  • Tim Holtz for Stamper’s Anonymous “Simple Sayings” stamps
  • Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayon in Vintage Photo
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
  • Water brush
  • Black Pen
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology “Yuletide” paper
  • 26 gauge German style wire (antique brass)
  • Cream colored cardstock

This Christmas cat card has a very simple design. It’s featured embellishments are Christmas ornaments made from buttons from the “Tis the Season” Button Bonanza that is brand new for this holiday season. Featuring deep red and green tones that are accented by a light sage green shade, “Tis the Season” is a versatile button mix for almost any holiday craft project.

Tis the Season Button Bonanza by Buttons Galore

Instructions: 

Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4.5″ by 6.5″. Use Archival ink to stamp the Crazy Cat.

Use a ruler and the black pen to draw the line across the bottom underneath the cat. Don’t draw through the cat’s paws!

Scribble on a scrap piece of watercolor paper with the Distress Crayon. Using your waterbrush, pick up some of the color and use it to watercolor the cat.

Cut a piece of patterned paper to 5″ by 7″ and ink the edges. Adhere the watercolor paper centered on it. Cut a piece of cardstock to 7″ by 10″. Fold in half to make a 5″ by 7″ card, and adhere card front to it.

Cut a strip of patterned paper 1/2″ wide. Stamp the sentiment on it, and trim the ends. Adhere to bottom right of card.

Select three buttons to serve as your “ornaments”. Thread the holes on the buttons with German style wire. Use the tail of the wire to create a loop for the ornament’s “hanger” before snipping off the excess wire.

Use liquid glue like PPA Matte Adhesive to glue the button ornaments in place.

Since it mostly relies on bulk supplies like buttons and tools like stamps to make, this Christmas cat card could easily be made in quantity. Simply substitute cardstock or a variety of patterned paper for the paper used for the matted background and the sentiment strip. and you can make this card over and over with a Button Bonanza and your stamp! And since it is fast and easy to make, your cards will be done in no time!

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Send a Retro Merry Christmas Card Wish!

Tis the season to be jolly! Today I’m here to show you how to combine two of our holiday products that have a turquoise toned blue in their palette to make a fun retro Merry Christmas card!

Retro Merry Christmas Card by Nancy Nally for Buttons Galore

Supplies Needed:

  • patterned paper
  • washi tape (or patterned paper)
  • red ink
  • Merry Christmas stamp
  • white cardstock
  • clear drying glue (such as PPA Matte Adhesive)

This project pairs seed beads from our beloved 28 Lilac Lane “Let It Snow” embellishment kit with buttons from our new “Cool Winters” Button Basics. With similar tones of blue, these two coordinate together beautifully to add a pop of trendy color to holiday projects of all kinds.

Winter Flurries Button Basics

This card is 5″ by 7″, so to start my retro Merry Christmas card I cut the snowflake background paper to that size.

Next, I cut a 5″ wide strip of white cardstock that was a few inches tall. I stamped “Merry Christmas” on it with red ink, centering the image near the bottom. Then I used scissors to cut the top of the sentiment block into a wavy design.

To create the beaded edge, I started by spreading a bead a white glue along the edge. Then I sprinkled seed beads over the glue until it was covered, and set the sentiment block aside to dry.

Cutting the trees is easy! I simply used three scraps of paper and cut them into various sizes of triangles. The tree “trunks” are made from washi tape (but could also be made from strips of paper). Some of the tree triangles hung over the edge, so I just snipped them off. Once those elements were adhered in place, then I used liquid glue to adhere three buttons as toppers for the trees.

Once the glue holding the seed beads was dry, then I adhered the sentiment block across the bottom.

To finish my card, I used white cardstock to make a blank card and then adhered the finished card front onto it.

Retro Merry Christmas Card by Nancy Nally for Buttons Galore

I hope this cheery little retro Merry Christmas card greeting will help you brighten the holidays of someone special!

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